Ok time for some opinionating....
What would all of you do for a small 8-10 person network,
file and internet sharing, able to be locked down, small amount of bookeeping, databasing, email, etc. (think chruch functions).
Having to reccomend something.
As always cost is an issue, lack of support/ease of use and administration is a BIG issue. (Read: I don't want to have to spend all of my time teaching someone how to attach a file, much less having to rebuild systems b/c of deleted files). Some kind of support contract will be the first thing on the budgetary chopping block, "why do we need something like that when we have people here that can do it for free"....
I was thinking XP clients (all new machines, possibly optiplex maybe homebuilt but then again there is the if it breaks who fixes possibility) minimal guts in the machines, small HD for system, 128 mem, basic video, sound (probablly onboard).
2000 server for file/printer/database serving, possible proxing of web content for security/firewall. Not sure on approprate specs without overkill (P4 512 meg, 2-80 gigs HD, tape backup, cd burner. Email and web hosting all outsorced so no issue there. Internet connectivity via cable modem and small router/hub(s) (would a small linksys work here?).
Am I thinking too big, should I just set it up as peer to peer, with some system policys etc.
Also antivirus/firewall security is needed to protect network.
Trying to wrap my brain around the specs I should be shooting for without getting into my "while I would do this in an ideal situation" unfortunatally the costs kill most of that.